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  • 3.0

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    Mixed or average reviews
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  • 40

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    Wall Street Journal Joe Morgenstern

    Any movie that gives Helen Mirren a chance to shoot really big guns, wear an ermine astrakhan and channel Bette Davis as Queen Elizabeth can't be all bad, and Red 2 isn't, though it comes close.

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  • 50

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    Village Voice Stephanie Zacharek

    Red 2, disappointing in so many ways, isn't torture to watch, in part because Mirren has even more to do than she did in the first installment.

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  • 50

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    Chicago Tribune Michael Phillips

    My favorite thing in the movie is the way co-star and Korean action icon Byung Hun Lee uses his feet of fury to hoist a paint can and send it flying.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    Variety Justin Chang

    While Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, et al. are still good for a few chuckles as a gang of superannuated government assassins, this globe-trotting action-comedy diversion applies a bigger-is-better philosophy across the board, upping the stakes, the firepower and the travel budget, but keeping real thrills and laughs at a modest trickle.

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  • 60

    out of 100

    The Hollywood Reporter Justin Lowe

    Not that it isn’t entertaining, but the film's premise is certainly well past its “use by” date, resulting in another passably palatable sequel distinguished by a lack of narrative and stylistic coherence that could potentially underpin a really viable franchise.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    USA Today Scott Bowles

    Red 2 is one of those sequels that's easier to follow if you've seen the original but more entertaining if you haven't.

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  • 63

    out of 100

    ReelViews James Berardinelli

    The film has its charms but the end result feels like warmed-over James Bond… and not even especially good 007, at that.

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  • 88

    out of 100

    Chicago Sun-Times Bill Zwecker

    Red 2 not only delivers the action, laughs and thrills of the original — in many ways it surpasses it.

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For Families provided by Common Sense Media

OK for kids 14+

Sloppy, cartoonishly violent sequel fails to match original.

What Parents Need to Know

Parents need to know that action/comedy Red 2 is the (disappointing) sequel to 2010's successful Red, and many of the characters (played by Bruce Willis, John Malkovich, Helen Mirren, Mary-Louise Parker and others) return. Violence is again the main issue, with crazy, explosive, cartoonish action/fighting/shooting scenes throughout. Characters are stabbed, shot, and killed; there are bloody martial arts fights and lots of crashes and explosions. The good guys face no repercussions for any of the violent acts they're involved in. Language is fairly minor, with a few uses of "s--t" and "bitch." Expect some brief sexual references and situations; hard drugs (LSD and acid) are also mentioned, and characters drink vodka in one scene. Commercialism is fairly strong, with several brands featured onscreen.

  • Families can talk about Red 2's violence. Why is it so over the top? Does the humor that accompanies it affect its impact?
  • When Sarah makes her first kill, how does she react? What are the consequences of her actions?
  • Did you notice any stereotypes in the movie? How does it portray older people? Are they intended to be role models?
  • How does this sequel compare to the original? 

The good stuff
  • message true0

    Messages: The movie's general message (aside from revisiting the first movie's notion that older folks are still useful/relevant) seems to be that going on adventures and killing lots of people is just what's needed to spice up a romantic relationship. One character kills for the first time and, though she appears shaken for a moment or two, faces no other consequences.

  • rolemodels true0

    Role models: No worthwhile role models to speak of; the behavior here is childish and without remorse.

What to watch for
  • violence false4

    Violence: The movie's violence is largely bloodless, except for one or two violent martial arts-style fist fights, which leave characters with various bleeding cuts on their faces. Many, many characters are shot and killed, and some are stabbed to death. There are car chases and explosions, and a nuclear bomb goes off that apparently harms no one except its intended target. A character casually disposes of a body using acid and a bathtub.

  • sex false2

    Sex: Couples kiss. Characters also (comically) kiss other people as a means of deception or to get information. In one scene, a character is strip-searched. He's seen shirtless and from the back, with the top of his buttocks just showing. In one scene, a man admires a lady's foot and then sniffs her shoe. The cover of a Penthouse Magazine is briefly shown, in a wide shot, with no nudity. Some sexual innuendo.

  • language false3

    Language: "S--t" and/or "bulls--t" is used a few times. Other words include "bitch," "son of a bitch," (and the slangy "bi-atch"), "balls," "bastard," "suck it," "d--k," "damn," "ass," "crap," "goddamn," "oh my God," and "hell."

  • consumerism false3

    Consumerism: The movie opens in a Costco, with the Kirkland brand visible in several shots. A can of Pringles comes in handy during a fight. A Papa Johns pizza restaurant provides access to a secret tunnel, and the characters have pizza while they dig. In a secret hideout, a character eats an old Moon Pie, and a can of SPAM is visible.

  • drugsalcoholtobacco false2

    Drinking, drugs and smoking: Verbal references to LSD and acid, and characters drink shots of vodka in one scene.

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